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Jedburgh to host British Rally Championship opener

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It's been announced that the Border Counties Rally will host the first round of the British Rally Championship.

The Jedburgh-based event is already a firm favourite on the calendar of the Scottish Rally Championship, but after the cancellation of the Mid Wales Stages, organisers have decided to use the Borders event as the season opener for the elite British series.

It's expected that the event will bring a welcomed boost to the region's economy, with thousands of spectators expected over the weekend of 18th March.

A strong contingent of local rally drivers will be among the favourites to win the event. These include reigning Scottish Champion and Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong, Duns driver Garry Pearson and 2011 British Rally Champion David Bogie from Dumfries.

Police target nuisance motorcycles

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Police have been checking motorcyclists in Jedburgh following reports of antisocial off-road riding near the town.

On Sunday seven motorcycles were stopped near to Pennymuir.

All of the vehicles and riders were checked and no crimes or vehicle defects were identified. Having been informed of the potential offences if caught riding motorcycles in this area, police say the riders opted to leave and take up their activities elsewhere.

A further seven motorcycles and riders were then checked at the Cannongate car park, resulting in two riders being issued with non-endorsable tickets in relation to the mechanical state of their vehicles.

"Members of the public and local councillors have identified a number of areas off-road that required police attention due to recent incidents involving the antisocial use of motorcycles and similar vehicles. These areas have historic significance and are used by a large number of walkers.

"We have responded with the activity over the weekend and will continue to monitor these areas to detect any offences and offer appropriate advice to motorcyclists.

"In addition, we will be liaising with both Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland in relation to the use of motorcycles in Deer Street and surrounding areas."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

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PHOTOS: Jethart Callant's Festival

Three hundred riders followed the Principle for the traditional riding of the boundaries at the Jethart Callant's Festival in Jedburgh today.

Dating back to 1947 it isn't the oldest festival in the Scottish Borders, but there's a huge amount of pride in the town's history, which is celebrated during the event.

The Jethart Callant's Festival. Credit: ITV Border
The Jethart Callant's Festival. Credit: ITV Border
The Jethart Callant's Festival. Credit: ITV Border

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Arrests after drunk driving incidents in Scottish Borders

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Two men have been arrested after drunk driving incidents in the Scottish Borders.

A 35-year-old was arrested on Sunday 8 May after a collision between an Audi TT and a motorcycle at Bongate, in Jedburgh.

He will appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 30 May.

In the early hours of this morning a 27-year-old man was arrested after a Ford Fiesta was found on its side on the A698 at Bonjedward.

He is due to appear in Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 9 May.

Nobody was seriously injured in either collision.

Police 'increasingly concerned' about missing Jedburgh man

William Notely. Credit: Police Scotland.

Police are growing increasingly concerned about a missing man from Jedburgh.

William Notley, 58, was last seen at around 10am on Monday, February 8, leaving an address in Bongate Gardens.

He sometimes sleeps outdoors or in remote farm buildings and barns, and has been known to travel on public transport around the Jedburgh area.

Recent low temperatures mean police are worried about his safety.

He is described as around 5ft 6ins tall and of slim build, with receding short brown hair and an English accent.

At the time of him going missing William wore heavy black trainers, olive green trousers, an olive green polo shirt, grey and black zip up cardigan, navy blue padded waistcoat and a navy blue hat.

We are carrying out various inquiries in the area in an effort to trace William as quickly as possible.

However, with the recent low weather temperatures we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

I urge anyone who has seen William or has information on his possible whereabouts should contact police immediately on 101 or speak to any officer.”

– Inspector Mike Bennett

Missing man last seen in Jedburgh

Darren Aitchison, 30, was last seen in Jedburgh on January 12 Credit: Police Scotland

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing man who was last seen in the Scottish Borders.

Darren Aitchison, 30, from Glenrothes, was last seen in Jedburgh on January 12. However it's believed he may now be in the centre of Edinburgh.

Darren is described as being around 6ft 2in tall, slim build with short dark hair. It is believed he is wearing a yellow t-shirt, jeans, blue suede Adidas trainers and a black bomber style jacket.

Darren has connections in Jedburgh, Glenrothes and Bathgate and tends to travel by bus.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.

Borders police find largest ever crack cocaine haul

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Police officers in the Scottish Borders have stumbled across the region's largest ever haul of crack cocaine.

The Class A drugs, with an estimated street value of £165,000, were found in a car parked in Jedburgh's Edinburgh Road.

A total of 600 grammes of heroin, valued at £60,000, and 1.7 kilogrammes of crack cocaine, worth £105,000, were recovered.

David Curling, 45, of no fixed abode, and 33-year-old Michelle Bruce from Peterhead, appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession of cocaine.

They made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

The pair - who face a total of six charges - were remanded in custody.

"This is a great result and special credit must go to the uniformed officers who made the discovery.

"They were on night patrol and acted on their instincts and as a result we have prevented a large amount of dangerous drugs getting into our community.

"Everyone knows the destruction drugs can cause to families and communities, so we are very pleased to report this find."

– Det Sergeant Alan Young, Police Scotland
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